Metacam Presription NSAID for Dogs  » Pets  »
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  • However, from my experience I think it is fair to conclude that Metacam has only a fraction of the anti-inflammatory effect of Prednisone
  • It would cost about $60 per month to keep my 30 pound dog on this drug, and from what I've seen, it wouldn't be worth it

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      Metacam is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is very popular with vets right now. My vets prescribed it for my dog for arthritic degeneration in his neck and spine, the idea being that Metacam is safe for longterm use in chronic pain and inflammation. They expected that my dog would be on this drug for the rest of his life. I went online and read up on Metacam (I read up on everything.). So far there are no horror stories about sudden death reaction as there are with some of the other canine arthritis drugs that were popular with vets a few years ago, but

      then Metacam is relatively new.

      My perspective on Metacam is admittedly colored by the fact that the vets misdiagnosed what was actually a disc condition in the dog’s neck. On Metacam, his condition degenerated rapidly over a period of ten days or two weeks until he could hardly move. We had to lift him to his feet and support him while he urinated. The rest of the time he just lay flat on his side with only his eyes moving. I started to prepare my kids for the idea that we might have to put him to sleep. Feeling that there was nothing to lose,


      • I insisted that we switched him to Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory steroid, and gradually over the next several weeks he recovered.

        Obviously the diagnosis is a separate matter. However, from my experience I think it is fair to conclude that Metacam has only a fraction of the anti-inflammatory effect of Prednisone. On the other hand, Prednisone has massive side effects if used longterm (and it must NEVER be given to an unspayed female.) Right now we are between a rock and a hard place with this dog — we have tried switching him back to Metacam for longterm maintenance and it does absolutely nothing for the residual

        neck stiffness. I hate to have him on Pred for the rest of his life, but there seems to be no choice, other than to spend thousands on disc surgery.

        Metacam is pretty expensive. It would cost about $60 per month to keep my 30 pound dog on this drug, and from what I’ve seen, it wouldn’t be worth it. I assume that there are situations in which Metacam actually works — I have a Border Collie with hip dysplasia and arthritis and would be curious to try Metacam for a month or two with him, but he weighs 65 pounds and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.




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